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Apple patents were actually Google inventions, says Samsung

Apple and Samsung are again in locked horns in a bitter patent dispute that has, so far, spanned two years. After Apple’s 2012 win against Samsung involving a $930 million settlement, the two companies are at it again.<p>This time, Apple is accusing Samsung of having infringed on five software patents …

This Is Why Google Has Two Operating Systems

Unlike Android, a mobile and tablet platform, Chrome OS runs on desktop.<p>So why does Google have both?<p>In short, Android is more of a bet on the past — in which there are locally installed applications, and Chrome OS is a bet on the future — in which all applications are remotely delivered through …

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LinkedIn Slumps On Soft Forecast

In the 10 quarters since its IPO, LinkedIn has been a market darling — up 161%. But shares are down a sharp 4.6% in after hours trading.<p>The career driven social network reported a net loss of $3.4 million compared to net income of $2.3 million for the same period last year. Losses were 3 cents per …

Nintendo losses continue despite slight Wii U sales bump

Nintendo made an operating loss of ¥18.4 billion ($187 million) on sales of ¥115 billion ($1.17 billion) this quarter as Wii U sales continued to lag. The company sold 300,000 Wii U consoles between July and September, an 87.5 percent improvement on the previous quarter; sales were buoyed by a …

BlackBerry Racks Up 20 Million New BBM Users in a Week

After a bungled launch, BlackBerry last week again began offering a cross-platform version of its BlackBerry Messenger service to iPhone and Android …

If You Love the Ocean, Embrace Clean Energy

During a recent presentation about Hokule'a's worldwide voyage, Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson remarked that if you want to save the Earth, save the ocean. "Out of four breaths you take," he said, "three come from the ocean."<p>As someone who loves the ocean, this resonated with …

Oceans and the Great Barrier Reef – news and resources round up

The world's most iconic coral reef is under dire threat and the World Heritage Committee has given the Queensland and federal government of Australia just one year to act on its recommendations to save the Great Barrier Reef from joining the Unesco danger list.<p>Threats include climate change, …

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What put the brakes on global warming: The Pacific Ocean?

From the 1940s through the 1970s there was no major warming trend in the average surface temperature of Earth. At the same time, the tropical Pacific Ocean, which is responsible for the weather patterns known as El Niño and La Niña that can swing global average temperatures by as much as 0.3 degree …

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The oceans are acidifying at the fastest rate in 300 million years. How worried should we be?

The world's oceans are turning acidic at what's likely the fastest pace in 300 million years. Scientists tend to think this is a troubling development. But just how worried should we be, exactly?<p>It's a question marine experts have been racing to get a handle on in recent years. Here's what they do …

1969 Pacific Ocean Floor Map

This distinctive physical map of the Pacific Ocean appeared in the October 1969 issue of <i>National Geographic</i>. The detail of such submarine terrain as continental slopes, fracture zones, and the countless seamounts is stunning.

The Pacific Ocean fills in another piece of the global warming puzzle

A new study published in the journal Nature incorporates temperature changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean into an advanced climate model, and finds that the model can reproduce observed global surface temperature changes remarkably well.<p>Importantly, as authors Yu Kosaka and Shang-Ping Xie from the …

Climate Change This Week: Greenland Mega-Canyon, Acid Ocean Amps, and More!

<b>Greenland Mega Canyon Helps Hasten Melt</b> reports Bryan Kahn at <i>Climate Central</i>. Under more than a mile of ice lies this newly discovered canyon, which rivals the Grand Canyon in size, and acts as a giant culvert for meltwater to the sea, easing further melting. What a waterslide!<p>Greenland meltwater …

The Climate Post: Ocean Acidification Heats Planet, Changes Ecosystems

Two new studies showcase the greater dangers of rising ocean temperatures.<p>The first, in the journal <i>Nature Climate Change</i>, finds rising carbon dioxide levels that make oceans more acidic can also raise global temperatures. The authors find ocean acidification would lead certain marine organisms to …

California biomedical research facility harnesses power of ocean creature

Think medical breakthrough, and you're apt to picture a high-tech lab with gleaming steel equipment. But medical advances can also come from nature, such as the seaside.<p>On a rocky strip of land in Port Hueneme in Southern California is a unique medical facility. Researchers have found a way to grow …

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Solving The Fukushima Radioactivity Problem: Dump It All Into The Ocean

I’m reading with mounting incredulity the increasingly frenzied reports about the radiation problems at the site of the crippled reactors at Fukushima. The idea seems to be gathering speed that there is some major problem at the site, one that’s going to have regional or even global implications …

Ocean volcano may be largest on Earth, biggest in solar system

A seamount in the northwestern Pacific Ocean may be the largest volcano on Earth, and could rival the largest in the solar system -- the mighty Olympus Mons on Mars -- according to oceanographers.<p>Tamu Massif, a well-known seamount off Japan, turns out to be one continuous shield volcano, about the …

Jellyfish Could Take Over The World's Oceans

That's because jellyfish are remarkably resilient — they are efficient breeders, "voracious feeders," and require very little oxygen to survive, reports Tim Flannery in The New York Review of Books.<p>It's no wonder these floating creatures have been around for more than 500 million years. Jellyfish …